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Northarvest Bean Growers Association

Dan Webster, President • Penn, ND • 701-393-4328

Joe Mauch, V. President • Hankinson, ND • 701-242-7528

Jon Ewy • Deer Creek, MN • 218-462-2055

Alan Juliuson • Hope, ND • 701-945-2672

Gary Paur • Gilby, ND • 701-869-2892

Todd Sorenson • Fisher, MN • 218-893-2425

Mark Streed • Milan, MN • 320-734-4706

Donald Streifel• Washburn, ND • 701-462-3378

Minnesota Dry Bean Research

and Promotion Council

Mark Dombeck, Chairman • Perham, MN • 218-346-6208

James Zenk, Vice Chairman • Danube, MN • 320-523-2253

Brian Love, Secretary • Euclid, MN • 218-773-0314

Norm Krause, Treasurer • Staples, MN • 218-894-3761

Don Stueve • Dumont, MN • 320-748-7772

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture

North Dakota Dry Bean Council

Tim Smith, Chairman • Walhalla, ND • 701-549-3323

Nick Kitsch, Vice Chairman • Webster, ND • 701-395-4377

Scott Mund, Treasurer • Milnor, ND • 701-427-5887

Jason Mewes • Colgate, ND • 701-945-2711

Leann Schafer • New Rockford, ND • 701-947-2568

Grady Thorsgard • Northwood, ND • 701-587-6084

North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture

Executive Vice-President

Tim Courneya

50072 E. Lake Seven Road

Frazee, MN 56544

Phone: 218-334-6351

Fax: 218-334-6360



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a year by the Northarvest

Bean Growers Association,

50072 E. Lake Seven Road,

Frazee, MN 56544, Phone:

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New President Leads Northarvest

This is my first column since taking over

the presidency of the Northarvest Bean

Growers Association. This organization is

filled with such good people and I appreciate

the chance to serve in this role. I’ve

been farming for 33 years and growing

dry beans for 20 years.

Farming in the Devils Lake Basin, too

much water has been a nearly constant

battle. Yet, this year, it has been a decent

spring. The crops have gone in on a timely

basis and are looking good. I’m almost

scared to say it out loud, because you

never know what you’ll get, but as I write this update, we could use

a good rain.

Dry bean acres seem to have rebounded from last year. We won’t

have the official numbers from USDA until the end of the month,

but the bean acres certainly have increased from the downturn in

2011. You’ll find some early projections on the acreage situation in

this edition of BeanGrower.

The Northarvest board is also excited about the prospects for a

revenue insurance product. While the news has been encouraging, I

would ask you to ‘stay tuned’ on that issue.

Your Northarvest Bean Growers Association has had a leadership

role in some very unique promotion efforts. As an example,

Northarvest was a sponsor of the Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids

Summit at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio. More

details on this conference are available in this magazine, but this

event was able to tie in the food education, culinary world and

school foodservice sectors for an opportunity to promote healthy

food choices for our youth. Childhood obesity is getting a lot of attention

throughout the country and this summit sought out ways to

provide healthier food choices for our kids. This is a huge opportunity

for our dry bean industry.

A busy summer is ahead of us, but if you ever have issues or questions,

don’t hesitate to contact the Northarvest office or any of your

board members. We’re pleased to represent you and this industry.


Dan Webster, President

Northarvest Bean Growers Association

Summer 2012 Northarvest Bean Grower 3

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6 Mexico Enforcing Zero Dirt Law

7 Bean Elections

8 Mexican Drought Lingers

9 Summer Weather Outlook

Mixed for Dry Beans

12 Farm Bill Passes First Hurdle


14 Keep Beans Free of Soybeans, Corn

17 National Nutrition Experts Featured

at “Beans for a Better Life” Seminar

18 Northarvest Partners in Healthy

Flavors, Healthy Kids Summit

19 Students Taste Test Dry Beans

21 From Volleyball, to Verticilium Wilt

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We look forward to

seeing you in the field

this summer.

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24 North Dakota State Seed Department

Ramps Up Dry Bean Testing

26 Northarvest Director Visits

Colombia, Dominican Republic

27 Newcomers Eating Our Lunch

29 High Prices Stall Exports of Pinto

Beans to the Dominican Republic


11 Dry Bean Briefs

30 Pulse of the Industry

32 Northarvest Recipe

Left Left to Right: to Right: Kevin Kevin Kelley, Kelley, Dennis Dennis Mitchell, Mitchell, Todd Todd Smith, Smith, Deon Maasjo, Deon

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@ mobile: 701-678-4384

Cavalier ND offi ce: 701-265-8328 Cavalier ND office: Oakes ND 701-265-8328 offi ce: Oakes 701-742-3219 ND office: 701-742-3219

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Kerry @

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mobile: 701-799-6877

offi ce: 701-543-3000 Kerry @ Hatton ND


Dennis @ mobile: 218-639-2548

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Mexico Enforcing Zero Dirt Law

Despite increased demand

for dry bean imports

due to last year’s

drought, Mexico is getting

tougher with its inspections

at the border. Since

this spring, Mexico has

begun enforcing the “zero

soil” tolerance law that’s

been on the books for

awhile, but never exercised.

Judd Keller, a bean trader

with Kelley Bean Co.,

says it’s really very hard

to guarantee absolutely

no soil. “So, what Mexico

is doing now is they’re

checking all the beans

as they come in, and if

they find a trace of soil,

then the car is rejected at

the border.” In response

to that, Keller says SE-

NASICA, Mexico’s food

safety agency, is allowing

rejected cars to enter the

country, as long as it is recleaned

at an authorized

facility, under supervision.

Some bean importers

in Mexico have their own

re-cleaning mills, so it’s a

much simpler step there.

Plus, the Mexican government

has reacted to have

those rejected beans inspected

and certified on a

very quick basis.

“The problem with

those that do not have

their own re-cleaning

facilities,” says Keller, “is

the car has to be diverted

to an authorized re-

6 Northarvest Bean Grower Summer 2012

cleaning facility, wherever

that might be, and then

cleaned, re-bagged and

shipped on, so that adds

to the cost of the beans.”

Keller is not certain

what those extra costs are,

but says it’s got to add at

least several dollars per

bag to the cost, minimum.

Asked if he thought it

was ironic that Mexico

would enforce this law

now when it so badly

needs imported dry

beans, Keller agreed, and

says there could be various

reasons why they did


US Dry Bean Council

Vice President Bill Thoreson

says the Council is

working with USDA’s

Animal Plant Health Inspection

Service to see if

this issue can be resolved.

APHIS is asking dry bean

exporters to provide them

with rail car numbers and

documentation so it can

determine the extent of

the problem, and work

with Mexican counterparts

to find a resolution.

Due to what he refers

to as a food emergency,

Keller says Mexico has allowed

the issuing of tarifffree

bean import permits

from other countries that

do not have trade agreements,

such as China and

Argentina. This allows the

importation of beans tariff-free,

whereas normally

those countries would

have a tariff barrier of over

100 percent.

The NAFTA agreement

between Mexico, the

United States and Canada,

during times of disasters,

allows Mexico to issue

permits to allow beans

to come in from other

countries. Mexico exercised

that right this year

because it actually did

have a bean disaster down


Keller says, “This is not

ongoing. The import permits

are good through

December of this year.

What we’re hearing

though is Mexico is still in

a drought, they could be

in the same scenario next

year, which means that

would also give rights to

continue the imports from

other countries.”

There are also minor

trade agreements that

have come up. “Just this

year, they (Mexico) approved

the importation

from Peru,”

says Keller.

“They’re going

to have a

very minor

amount, I

think it starts

out at 1,800

metric tons

and maybe

makes its way

up to maybe

3,000 or 4,000

metric tons.”

Keller says

Mexico has also imported

beans from Argentina.

The Mexican government

increased the

bean import quota from

100,000 metric tons authorized

in January, to

150,000 tons in February.

Keller says there were

some issues with some of

the early purchases from

China. Mexico was requiring

Chinese beans to be

fumigated before being

packaged. The two countries

have since negotiated

through that, allowing

beans to be fumigated

after they’re bagged. So,

ultimately, Keller thinks

some Chinese beans will

be shipped to Mexico.

SAGARPA (Mexico’s Department

of Agriculture)

expects that of the 150,000

MT quota permits, there

will only be 20,000 MT of

Chinese beans. They also

expect a limited volume

from Argentina.



Bean Elections

Penn, North Dakota

dry bean grower

Dan Webster is the

new president of the

Northarvest Bean

Growers Association.

The board of directors,

at its March 8th meeting,

also elected Joe

Mauch of Hankinson,

North Dakota as vicepresident,

and the

treasurer is Grafton,

North Dakota grower

Tom Kennelly. All are

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two-year terms.

Webster has two years

remaining on his third,

and final, three-year

term on the board of

directors. Mauch was

elected to his second

term in January 2010,

and Kennelly was elected

to his second, threeyear

term on the board

in January 2012.

The North Dakota

Department of Agriculture

has concluded this


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2015. Nick Kitsch,

Webster is re-elected

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Mexican Drought Lingers

Latest information from

US Dry Bean Council

Mexican representative

Raul Caballero is that

SAGARPA has announced

the official 2012 springsummer

planting program

for dry beans totaling

more than 574,000 hectares.

However, Caballero

says information he was

able to collect from sources

in the state puts the

bean area at 480,000 hectares.

Of that amount, only

25,000 are irrigated and

are being planted now.

Planting, which normally

occurs from June 15th to

July 15th, will likely be delayed

for dryland beans.

According to state officials,

SAGARPA is being

too optimistic given the

drought they are currently

experiencing. Zacatecas

is working on switching at

least 15,000 low production

hectares from beans

to other crops or livestock

use. The current water

situation is critical as they

have not received rain and

most crops are fed by rain.

The insurance company

declined to contract with

growers for catastrophic

events insurance this year

because of the negative


Irrigated beans will also

be at risk because most

of the important dams in

Zacatecas are at about 21

percent of capacity and

smaller ones are down to

8 Northarvest Bean Grower Summer 2012

five percent or less.

Caballero says the State

of Zacatecas will partially

subsidize the planting

of 250,000 hectares of

beans. Zacatecas is also

working on switching up

to 200,000 hectares from

beans to other crops. The

current water situation is

critical as they have not

received rain and most

crops are fed by rain. Irrigated

beans will also

be at risk because most

of the important dams in

Zacatecas are at about 21

percent of capacity and

smaller ones are down to

five percent or less.

In Durango, the bean

planting program is expected

to be similar to last

year’s 220,000 hectares.

Caballero says the State of

Durango is reporting total

drought. The Durango Department

of Agriculture

has restricted the number

of irrigated acres of all

crops, according to water

availability. This will not

affect beans, however,

since 99 percent are rainfed.

Durango also has a

support system for bean

seed, and it will promote

the conversion of bean

acres to alfalfa, oats and

triticale since prices are

as much as 100 percent

higher than last year.

The State of Chihuahua

plans to plant nearly

129,000 hectares of beans,

of which only 17,000 are

irrigated. That state also

reports total drought, and

will subsidize 10,000 metric

tons of bean seed.

According to US Dry

Bean Council representatives

in Mexico, the President

of Mexico’s Bean

Product System, Abraham

Montes, said recently that

bean production in Mexico

will not recover in the

Spring-Summer cycle because

they lack the right

conditions and the necessary

water to do it.

Montes estimated fallwinter

bean production

will reach only 150,000 MT,

50 percent of normal. Montes

also estimated the lack

of rain will reduce bean

area in the spring-summer

cycle to 250,000 hectares,

compared to the normal

1.5 million hectares.

Montes expects Mexico’s

total bean production

will only reach 400,000

MT, which means it’ll

be necessary to import

600,000 MT to supply the

domestic market.

Despite the drought,

Mexican Secretary of Agriculture

Francisco Mayorga

said similar corn and

bean import volumes will

be maintained. In 2011,

Mayorga said Mexico

imported 170,000 MT of

beans from Argentina and

the United States.

“It is foreseen that in

2012 we will import one

million MT of corn, and

keep the same volumes in

other products,” Mayorga

said. “Besides, we are

promoting the production

of beans and corn

in Veracruz, Campeche,

Oaxaca, and Chiapas to

compensate for the losses

in Sinaloa because of the


Mayorga said the bean

imports implied expenses

of 700 million pesos.

Idaho dry bean dealers

and Mexican grower representatives


the sale of hundreds of

tons of Idaho bean seed

to Mexico in Boise in late

March. 13 Mexican bean

industry representatives

from four states met with

representatives of six Idaho

bean companies.

“The situation is tough;

we probably had 20-30

percent of the production

we normally would have,”

said Cornelio Giesbrecht,

a Mexican producer who

was representing a group

of farmers in Durango


The seeds sold were

sown in December during

an Idaho trade mission to

Mexico where Idaho State

Department of Agriculture

Director Celia Gould

promised Mexican officials

and farmers that Idaho

producers would help

them get through their

emergency. Gould reiterated

that commitment in

March and said the ISDA

and Idaho farmers would

do whatever it took to

try to help that country’s

bean farmers.

Officials from Mexico’s

agriculture department

have told Idaho officials

the country needs

to purchase more than

10,000 tons of Idaho bean

seed. However, a delay

by SAGARPA in approving

financing has delayed

those sales.


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Summer Weather Outlook

Mixed For Dry Beans

The Bean Grower asked World Weather, Inc.

Senior Agricultural Meteorologist Drew Lerner to

share his weather outlook for key dry bean growing

areas around the world.


No drought relief in dry bean country until monsoon

begins in June. Rainfall in the monsoon will

be near to below average, but soil moisture and

general crop conditions will improve for a while

this summer. If El Nino develops rainfall will slip

below average limiting the amount of relief that is

to be expected. There is a fair chance El Nino will

begin influencing weather in the second half of

July and/or August. El Nino will produce above

average winter precipitation in 2012-13 and that

may start a more meaningful recovery.


Weather conditions will be mixed this year.

Some areas will receive good rainfall while others

not far away may be a little dry. The situation will

be mostly favorable with near to above average



Michigan will see below average rainfall and

slightly cooler than usual temperatures this summer.

Minn/Dak will see average temperatures with

a slight warmer bias in the south and cooler bias in

the north. Rainfall will be below average in South

Dakota and Minnesota and more normal in North

Dakota. Colorado/SE Wyoming will see warmer

than usual temperatures and below average rainfall

placing a strong demand on irrigation; Northern

Wyoming will be warmer than usual with near

normal rainfall. Idaho will be a little wetter than

usual with near to below average temperatures


Argentina will see near to above average temperatures

and normal precipitation; Brazil warmer

than usual and a little wetter than usual.

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Bean Briefs


Glencore International says it has

been cleared by Canadian competition

authorities to proceed with

its proposed $6 billion takeover of

Viterra Inc. To help pay for the deal,

Glencore says it will sell Viterra’s

Canadian assets to Canadian based

companies Richardson International

and Agrium for around $2.6


Glencore says it plans to expand

its business in both the United

States and Canada with further acquisitions

in the U.S. and organic

growth in Canada. Richardson

International’s 900 million dollar

investment will buy 19 Canadian

grain elevators, 13 attached farm

retail stores, a grain port terminal

in Thunder Bay, and a 25 percent

interest in a port terminal in Vancouver.

Most of Viterra’s farm retail will go

to Agrium for about 1.65 billion dollars.

Agrium will also pick up a minority

position in a nitrogen fertilizer

plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

A spokesperson for Glencore had

this response when asked about

the future of Viterra’s dry bean

business: “At this early stage in the

transaction process we are not in

a position to discuss individual assets,

but it is our intention to continue

to operate each and every

facility we are acquiring. We anticipate

it will take several months

to complete the acquisition, and

during this time all facilities continue

to be operated by Viterra in a

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United Pulse Trading, which now

has a processing plant in Williston,

expects to begin operations in

August in the Minot Value-Added

Agricultural Complex. The acquisition

and construction will cost $12

million and the plant will employ

40 to 45 people. The new plant will

handle 100,000 metric tons of product

annually. It will include processing

equipment for dry beans,

chickpeas, peas and lentils and will

add capacity for making food ingredients

such as flours, proteins,

starches and fibers. Eric Bartsch,

general manager of US operations

for United Pulse Trading, says access

to container freight and the

Burlington Northern Santa Fe main

rail line in Minot were important

factors in determining the facility’s

location. In addition, Minot has

easy access to lentils, chickpeas,

peas and dry edible beans, he says.



USDA’s Economic Research

Service has renamed the

Vegetables and Melons Outlook

to the Vegetables and Pulses

Outlook, which will consist of

four issues released in March,

June, September and December.

Market analysis for dry edible

beans, dry peas and lentils, and

sweet potatoes will be included

in the June and December 2012

reports. Up until this year, the

Vegetables and Melons Outlook

always included dry beans, and

was issued every other month.

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Farm Bill Passes First Hurdle

The Senate Agriculture

Committee has passed a

farm bill that cuts more

than $23 billion in subsidies,

ends direct payments,

and establishes a

new commodity program.

The vote was 16 to 5, with

four of the five no votes by

southern senators. Senate

Agriculture Committee

leaders Debbie Stabenow

and Pat Roberts are committed

to sending it to

President Barack Obama

before the current law expires

September 30th.

In addition to ending

direct payments, the Senate

farm bill also kills the

ACRE and SURE programs

and replaces them with

what’s called the Agricul-

12 Northarvest Bean Grower Summer 2012

Bob Sindt, U.S. Dry Bean

Council, says the Senate bill

includes high priority items for

the dry bean industry.

ture Risk Coverage program.

The Senate farm bill

reduces the farm payment

limitation for individuals

to $750,000; commodity

subsidies will be capped

at $50,000 per person, and

there’ll be stricter rules

on who’s actively engaged

in farming. The bill does

not place restrictions on

crop insurance premium


Senate Ag Committee

Chair Debbie Stabenow,

and ranking member Pat

Roberts, say they want to

work with Southerners to

see what can be done to

address their safety net


Bob Sindt, Government

Affairs Liaison for the

US Dry Bean Council in

Washington, D.C., notes

that the savings of more

than $23 billion is still far

away from the $33 billion

in cuts that would be in

a House farm bill under

the House budget bill

mandate. Sindt says, even

though passage by the

Senate Agriculture Committee

is a major step in

the farm bill process, the

remaining process to a

final bill faces an uncertain


In early May, the farm

community, including the

US Dry Bean Council, sent

a letter to Senate leaders

Harry Reid and Mitch Mc-

Connell, urging the Senate

to schedule floor time

for the bill as soon as possible.

That was followed

by a “Dear Colleague” letter

from some 47 senators

to the leadership asking

for floor action.

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As far as dry beans are

concerned, Sindt says the

Senate bill should be very

positive as it contains a

number of high priority

bean items, such as enhancing

crop insurance,

disaster and revenue assistance

programs; establishing

the pulse health

initiative; reauthorizing

the Market Access and

Foreign Market Development

programs, and basic

research; etc.

The American Pulse

Association calls the Senate

Agriculture Committee’s

funding of the Pulse

Health Initiative a “game

changer” for the industry.

The APA has requested

$25 million for the pulse

initiative, but the farm bill

passed by the Committee

includes $125 million over

the five-year life of the

farm bill.

With the end of direct

payments will come the

end of the fruit and vegetable

planting restriction,

which could be a concern

for the dry bean industry.

Another concern is food


Lorena Alfaro, with

Gordley Associates, which

represents the Northarvest

Bean Growers Association

in Washington,

D.C., says Section 3207 of

the Senate mark includes

a new, permanent Local

and Regional Purchase

program authorized at $40

million per year. The goal

is to support local farmers

in food aid recipient

countries by buying commodities

locally, instead

of shipping US commodi-

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However, Alfaro points

out the Senate 2013 draft

appropriations bill holds

the line at last year’s

funding level and does

not fund the “local and

regional purchase” program.

According to Dale Thorenson,

also with Gordley

Associates, it is assumed

the House farm bill will

closely resemble the package

developed last fall

for the Super Committee.

“However,” says Thorenson,

“once the House

Agriculture Committee

reports the bill out, all

bets are off regarding its

fate on the floor because

it would presumably be

considered under an

“open rule”; i.e. no limit

or restriction on amendments

by the Rules Committee.”

House Agriculture Committee

Chairman Frank

Lucas is endorsing price

protections not included

in the Senate farm bill.

Lucas said the safety net

has to exist for all regions

and all crops, and it has to

be written with bad times

in mind. At a House Ag

Subcommittee hearing,

Lucas said the commodity

title must provide producers

with options so they

can choose the program

that works best for them,

whether it’s protecting

revenue or price.

General Commodities

and Risk Management

Subcommittee Chairman

Michael Conaway criticized

the Senate farm bill,

saying the Senate farm bill

undermines crop insurance

by setting up a revenue

program that competes

with and duplicates

crop insurance.

House Agriculture Committee

Ranking Member

Collin Peterson says the

Senate committee put

together a decent farm

bill, but offered criticism

on the commodity title.

The Minnesota lawmaker

is worried about a price

collapse. “Some people

say we are in a zone where

prices will never go down;

we heard the same thing

in ‘96 with Freedom to

Farm,” said Peterson, “I

want to remind everybody

we spent quite a bit more

than we saved with Freedom

to Farm to bail everybody

out; the thing people

have to understand this

time, if this happens,

there is no money coming

from Washington; you can

forget about getting bailed


Minnesota Congressman Collin

Peterson is worried about a

potential price collapse. If that

happens, Peterson says there

is no money for an agricultural


Summer 2012 Northarvest Bean Grower 13

Keep Beans Free of Soybeans, Corn

Dry bean growers are

being reminded that their

customer is not their local

elevator, but rather the

end-user. Growers who

sell beans for use by canners

are being advised

to keep soybeans and

corn out of their dry bean

cargoes. Canners are concerned

about GMO, as well

as conventional, corn and

soybeans in dry beans.

Tom Randgaard, a bean

buyer for Faribault Foods,

a canner in Faribault, Minnesota,

says his customers

will reject beans with corn

or soybeans pretty quickly.

“Corn stands out dramatically.

When consumers

buy a can of chili beans

or pork and beans, that’s

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what they want. And the

other issue with soybeans

is the allergen issue.”

John Berthold, at Walhalla

Bean Co. in Merrifield,

North Dakota, says

soybeans are among the

“Big 8”, which includes

peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans,

wheat. “It’s a food

safety allergen issue, and

food safety in our business

is the name of the game


Randgaard says they

have a small limit for both

corn and soybeans, if they

can see them. But canners

like Faribault Foods do not

have any electric equipment

like an electric eye.

“So, it’s really gotta be taken

out before it gets here.

John Berthold, Walhalla Bean

Co., says a traincar can be

rejected if a single soybean is

found, costing $6,000.

We don’t have any cleaning

here”, says Randgaard.

At Faribault Foods, the

beans arrive primarily in

a bulk truck, and are put

into 3-4,000 pound steel

boxes which feed all of

their lines. The first step

is to rehydrate the beans.

“Soybeans rehydrate

slower than dry beans,”

says Randgaard, “they’re

cooked in the can and if

beans are not fully hydrated

they won’t be sterile.”

In that instance, Randgaard

says they wouldn’t

even know about the

problem until they started

soaking the beans. “That’s

more of a rare one. The

corn and soybean thing

is more common and

we have to reject one

(load) every month or

two because it’s got way

too much. It’s not a good

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Berthold says it costs

$6,000 a car if they find

one soybean in it.

Faribault Foods recently

had two loads of garbanzo

beans from Washington

State which were terrible.

The shipper had to take

them back.

Randgaard tells of an

ongoing case involving

five loads of totes of garbanzos

shipped to him

from California that contained

pieces of totes in

the beans, plastic strings.

“They weren’t manufactured

correctly, and they

had a new salesman out

there and a bunch of these

guys got caught with these

new totes.”

The case involves the

broker Randgaard bought

the beans from and three

shippers, one of whom

flew to Faribault to look

at them. From there, an

insurance claim followed

that went to individual

companies and then they

were eventually trying to

get back to the tote manufacturer.

The companies

that bagged them are trying

to get compensation

through their own insurance

companies against

the bag company. “It’s

been since last summer”,

says Randgaard. “In the

meantime, we’ve got a lot

of beans on hold here-

$90,000 worth of canned

beans that we can’t market.”

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were changed to add zero

tolerance for cockleburs

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of a problem like this, endusers

and shippers will

try to trace them back as

far as they absolutely can,

so everything is lot-coded

on the cans and all the

raw product is lot-coded,

marked and tracked right

to the elevator and to the

load. In some cases, if it’s

a tote load, they’ll even

have every tote labeled

separately. But for the

most part, shippers don’t

have the capability of tracing

back to an individual


Randgaard expects

further traceability in the

future, for the elevators’

own safety. “We certainly

do because if the customers

come out with a claim

against us, it can be huge.

So then we have to go

back and investigate who

shipped it.”

Randgaard thinks the

problem is getting better

due primarily to the

electric eyes many shippers

have installed. Walhalla

Bean Co. installed a

$280,000 color sorter in its

Walhalla facility, just for

the soybeans and corn. According

to Berthold, “we

had to do it, we didn’t have

any choice.”

Randgaard’s advice to

dry bean growers is clean

the foreign material as

best they can. We’ve got

zero limits for glass and

plastic-if we find anything

like that, they go home

because we can’t take

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National Nutrition Experts Featured at

Beans For A Better Life” Seminar

Nutrition experts from

Dallas, Minneapolis,

Boulder, Boston, and

Salt Lake City addressed

nearly 50 registered dietitians

at the first “Beans

For A Better Life” seminar

held this spring in Austin,

Texas. The seminar, which

was planned to shed new

light on a healthier way to

eat, was sponsored by the

Northarvest Bean Growers


Dr. Joanne Slavin, PhD,

Registered Dietician, and

a food science and nutrition

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versity of Minnesota, who

served on the 2010 Dietary

Guidelines Advisory

Committee for the USDA,

addressed the latest studies

on dry beans and human

health, as well as the

latest recommendations

in the Dietary Guidelines

for Americans (DGA).

In her comments, Dr.

Slavin noted that, in the

DGA guidelines, dry

beans may be considered

both as a vegetable and as

a protein.

Maureen Murtaugh,

PhD, RD, a nutrition

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Cookbook author Janice

Newell Bissex highlighted the

use of social media to reach


epidemiologist from the

University of Utah, told

the group that eating just

1/3 to ½ cup of beans four

times a week can lower

the risk of heart disease by

11 percent. Dr. Murtaugh

also noted that there are

modest associations between

bean consumption

and lower body weight.

Robin Plotkin, RD, a

culinary nutrition expert

from Dallas, pointed out

that a number of national

restaurants, including

Chipotle, Chili’s, and

Smash Burger, are offering

healthy portions of

dry beans on their menus.

Plotkin said that nutrition

professionals should assist

clients by reviewing

restaurant menus with

Chef Ann Cooper’s website,, offers

tips for delicious, nutritious

school mens.

them and by becoming a

“bean advocate.”

The panel also included

Janice Newell Bissex,

MS, RD, Meal Makover

Moms. Bissex, award winning

cookbook author,

explained how she and

her partner, Liz Weiss,

communicate family nutrition,

cooking and meal

planning using Facebook

and Twitter, as well as traditional


Chef Ann Cooper,

school food nutrition

director, Boulder, CO,

served a lunch that would

typically appear on the

menu in her school district.

The menu included

a taco salad made with

pinto beans, avocado,

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Summer 2012 Northarvest Bean Grower 17

educed-fat Cheddar

cheese, and tortilla chips,

a chicken and rice dish

with a black bean salsa,

and Southwestern Fajita

Wraps, made with whole

wheat tortillas, roasted

chicken, mayonnaise,

ancho chili powder, red

beans, corn, green chilies,

jalapenos, cilantro, and

Romaine lettuce.

Cooper also led a cooking

demonstration of several

bean recipes, including

White Bean Puree with

18 Northarvest Bean Grower Summer 2012

Pita Bread, Wheat Berry

and Black Bean Salad, and

a Southwest Fajita Wrap.

The seminar concluded

with a recipe tasting for

participants, plus a question-answer

time with

Chef Cooper. Cooper is

dedicated to helping ensure

that every child has

access to delicious, nutritious

food at school every

day. Her website is www.

Steve Veile, CEO of

Communique Inc., a

strategic communication

firm, helped Northarvest

plan the seminar. He’s

been to many of these

kinds of events and says

this was one of the best.

“Attendance was good, the

speakers were great and

the evaluations from the

attendees were excellent.

In planning a seminar,

you work hard to put together

a program that will

be of great value to the

sponsor (NBGA), and to

those who attend. I think

Northarvest Partners in Healthy

Flavors, Healthy Kids Summit

The second annual Healthy Flavors, Healthy

Kids summit was held at the Culinary Institute of

America in San Antonio May 9-11. This invitation

only, three-day national leadership summit brought

together leaders from K-12 school foodservice,

chain restaurants, colleges & universities, and supermarkets

with the goal of improving the health of

children and young people through food education,

culinary strategy and flavor insight.

Northarvest Bean Growers Association was a presenting

partner at this conference. Megan Myrdal,

a Registered Dietitian with the North Dakota State

University Extension Service and Chuck Fleming,

owner of Carlisle Inc., and formerly the marketing

director for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture,

attended the conference on Northarvest’s


Throughout the conference, leaders in various

industries, school foodservice, restaurant management

and academia, were introduced to new

techniques regarding bean preparation and how to

“rethink beans” on kids’ menus. These presentations

from renowned nutrition professionals, as well

as acclaimed chefs, delivered the perfect mix of research,

education and culinary demonstration.

Northarvest Bean Growers’ presenting partnership

we hit a home run with

this one!”

For more on the Beans

for a Better Life Seminar,

and the White Bean Puree


included a sponsorship of the Thursday buffet lunch,

themed “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables.”

This outstanding assortment displayed many flavorful,

interesting ways to incorporate beans in kids’ menus;

including a Bean & Chicken Tostada, Black Bean Soup

and a fabulous dish incorporating Red Beans, Spinach,

and Beef with Brown Rice.

Several positive results came from this conference

related to beans in school menus. With the implementation

of the new USDA guidelines, schools are facing

significant challenges to meet these requirements, including

restrictions on grain servings, increased number

of vegetable servings, as well as the challenges of

staying within budgets and still make foods appealing

to kids. Several industry leaders noted that beans will

be a go-to item on school menus for their unique quality

of serving as both a protein and vegetable. Beans

will definitely “fill the gap,” as many referred to them

as allowing menus to reach their calorie requirements,

vegetable serving requirements, and stay within the

USDA guidelines.

Throughout the conference, Northarvest had the opportunity

to discuss beans with some of the largest volume

school foodservice leaders in the country. Several

major industries noted they will be looking for tested

recipes that incorporate beans in soups, side dishes,

Students Taste Test Dry Bean Foods

One of the Specialty

Crop Grants received by

the Northarvest Bean

Growers Association is

funding a one-year project

with a goal of developing

10 new products for

the school lunch program

utilizing specialty crops.

Students in Grand Forks,

West Fargo, Fargo, Valley

City and Bismarck were

the first to do a taste test

of four foods.

Chuck Fleming, owner

of Carlisle Inc., and formerly

the marketing

director for the North

Dakota Department of

Agriculture, worked with

the Northern Crops Institute

to produce bread

sticks made with yellow

pea flour, trail mix which

included green and yellow

dry peas and lentils, and

and protein alternatives. They also noted the popularity

of hummus continuing to rise in school-aged

children, so this menu item will continue to expand

on menus across the country.

This conference was of great benefit to Northarvest.

Over thirty million youth are fed every day

through the school nutrition program and as this

food environment evolves, beans will continue to

be a vital piece for nutrition, flavor and budgeting


For more information on the summit, including

recipes, visit

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association was represented

by Chuck Fleming and Megan Myrdal at the Healthy Flavors,

Healthy Kids Summit.

Chuck Fleming of Carlisle, Inc., is testing new products for the school

lunch program.

burgers made with dry

beans, lentils and peas. “If

any of the foods pass the

test,” says Fleming, “the

goal is to find a manufacturer,

hopefully in North

Dakota, that can make the

product and, for the rest

of the year at least, we’ll

try to help try to find a

market for them.”

Elementary, middle

school and high school

students are taste-testing

because all schools in a

school district usually

eat the same menu each

day. Students were given

three options after tasting

the four foods-I like it

a lot, I like it somewhat,

or I don’t like it. Fleming

also asked students if they

were turned off by the

appearance of any of the


Julie Tunseth, director

of the Child Nutrition Program

for the Grand Forks

School District, says she

usually tries to taste test

with kids once a month.

“Right now, the prod-

ucts are changing so fast.

Lower sodium ones are

coming out, whole grains.

So it’s no use to purchase

things and then nobody’s

liking it or if you want to

try to get healthier products,

you got to make sure

you don’t just buy them

and they sit on the shelf.”

Tunseth’s No. 1 goal

is to improve the health

of school lunch menus,

“without them knowing

it probably. But now it’s

kind of becoming cool to

know that you’re eating

healthy so that might be a

marketing ploy.”

Tunseth thinks Fleming

has some winners here.

“The thing that probably

rated the lowest was the

burger because that’s the

most different. But it was

acceptable by at least a

fourth, so that’s a good

sign.” Tunseth says you

then just work on promoting

and it would go, but it

would take time.

She is seeing a growing

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Summer 2012 Northarvest Bean Grower 19

interest in less processed

food. “Yes, we are seeing

that coming from home,

promoting that, kids

wanting that. We have a

lot of new Americans who

don’t eat beef or pork and

want some kind of an entrée

that’s made with nonanimal,

so this would be

good. You know they get

tired of eating just chicken

or turkey, so this would be

another choice for them.”

The “pulse” burger the

students tasted contained

green and yellow peas,

and lentils, in addition to

garbanzo beans-no meat.

After compiling test results,

Fleming will determine

which foods passed

the test, or which recipes

may need to be adjusted.

At least 10 products will

20 Northarvest Bean Grower Summer 2012

be tested at other schools.

Fleming told Grand

Forks students there are

four requirements they

try to meet when they’re

taste-testing for school

lunch programs. “Number

one, we’ve got to meet

your nutritional requirements.

Secondly, it’s

gotta be fairly simple to

prepare because there’s

so many kids that need to

get fed. Third, we’ve got to

worry about the cost, and

fourthly, you folks have

got to like it.”

Other commodity

groups that are part of

the Specialty Crop Block

Grant include the Northern

Pulse Growers Association

and the National

Sunflower Association.

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Julie Tunseth, of the Grand Forks School District, welcomed the taste

test options. The Pulse burger was considered the most different in

the recent test.

Growers Association has

submitted an application

for another Specialty Crop

Block Grant this year to

hire someone to survey

consumers in the south-

western United States,

concentrating on Hispanics

and women, to see if

the color of pinto beans is

having any impact on purchasing


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From Volleyball, to Verticilium Wilt

Dr. Julie Pasche will join

the North Dakota State

Univeristy Department

of Plant Pathology in July

as an Assistant Professor

with research responsibilities

for diseases of

dry bean and other pulse

crops. Dr. Pasche is a native

of Minnesota and received

a B.S. in Microbiology

and Biotechnology, as

well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in

Plant Pathology, all from

NDSU. As an undergraduate

student, Dr. Pasche

competed for the Bison in

volleyball and track and

field. She was a two-time

all-American volleyball

player, still holds many

NDSU volleyball records

and was inducted into

the Bison Athletic Hall of

Fame in 2010.

After obtaining her

bachelor’s degree, Dr.

Pasche joined the Department

of Plant Pathology as

a technician in the potato

pathology laboratory of

Dr. Neil Gudmestad, University

Distinguished Professor.

She eventually rose

to position of lab manager

for Dr. Gudmestad. Her

Ph.D. research focused

specifically on two fungal

diseases, black dot and

Verticilium wilt, and has

important implications for

detection of pathogens,

diagnosis of diseases, improving

efforts to breed

for disease resistance and

for understanding how

disease develops. Dr. Pasche

also has many years

of direct experience with


Dr. Pasche plans to

continue her work with

pathogen detection utilizing

molecular methods,

starting with Colletotrichum


the causal agent of dry

bean anthracnose.

Dr. Pasche will take an

active role with breeders

in the development of

genetic resistance to plant

pathogens of economic

importance to North Dakota.

The emphasis of her

applied research program

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resistance management

in addition to monitoring

pathogen populations and

tracking diversity.

Dr. Pasche feels that

serving the citizens of

North Dakota is paramount

to the Land Grant

University. In her role

as the Dry Bean/Pulse

Crop Pathologist, she

will work to identify and

understand the needs of

producers in the state and

work towards finding both

short- and long-term solutions

for their plant disease

problems. All of this

will involve partnership

with dry bean growers

and the Northarvest Bean

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Larimore Bean Company Now

Alliance Valley Bean, LLC

Central Valley Bean

Cooperative in Buxton,

North Dakota has joined

Cooperative Elevator Co.

of Pigeon, Michigan to

form Alliance Valley Bean,

LLC in Larimore, North

Dakota. The new Alliance

Valley Bean has purchased

the Larimore Bean

Company and a receiving

station in Sharon, North


Central Valley Bean

Co-op manager Gary Fuglesten

says the new alli-

ance will allow his co-op

to expand into the black

bean market. “Our processing

plant in Buxton

does the pintos and we

just didn’t have time to

do both here, so we were

kind of looking at different

options. We got growers

that wanted to have us

process black beans and

market them for them.

And when Larimore Bean

came up for sale it looked

like a good opportunity.

It’s a good area for beans

and Ron’s (Carlson) run a

good operation there, it’s

just a good fit for us, especially

with the marketing

expertise of the Coop Elevator

in Michigan.”

Fuglesten says Cooperative

Elevator Co. has been

very big in the black bean

business in Michigan and

do a lot of marketing into

Mexico. He will be the

vice president of operations

for the new Alliance

Valley Bean, LLC. Travis

Carlson will manage Alli-

ance Valley Bean in Larimore.

Cooperative Elevator

Company CEO Patricia

Anderson is the CEO of

Alliance Valley Bean.

Larimore will be the

main receiving station for

black beans. Fairdale and

Sharon, North Dakota will

also be receiving stations

for blacks. Fuglesten is

still trying to determine

whether to receive black

beans in Buxton, and if so,

whether it will be this year

or next.

Summer 2012 Northarvest Bean Grower 23

North Dakota State Seed Department

Ramps Up Dry Bean Testing

The North Dakota State

Seed Department is always

on the lookout for

diseased seed, but since

anthracnose started to

show up in commercial

fields 8 to 10 years ago,

more extensive testing

was put in place. ND State

Seed Commissioner Ken

Bertsch says anthracnose

has never been a problem

in seed.

In addition to testing,

Bertsch’s department has

also increased its field inspection

processes to try

and spot anthracnose, if

it ever does show up in a

seed. Regarding the seed

testing, Bertsch said the

State Seed Department

implemented a zero-tolerance

testing requirement

about 5 to 6 years ago in

certified bean seed. “Really,

a zero-tolerance exists

nationwide, and it always

has here as well, but

we implemented more

extensive testing requirements

and we’re actually

upgrading those this year

as well”

Even though an anthracnose

test has been

required for a long time,

Bertsch said there’s been

no restriction on the size

of the seed lot. “If the seed

lot size is too large, we’re

not getting a good enough

sampling to reliably insure

that there isn’t a seed

or two in that seed lot. So

we’re requiring that the

24 Northarvest Bean Grower Summer 2012

growers have a smaller


For example, the State

Seed Department is restricting

the lot size to

2,000 bushels. That means

they’re getting a higher

percentage of that lot in

for the test in the sampling

process. “And even

if growers decide to co-

Farmers to Plant 1.7 million acres of

Dry Beans in 2012, projected USDA

Farmers have told USDA

they intend to plant almost

1.7 million acres of

dry edible beans this year,

up 38 percent, or 464,000

acres from 2011. However,

this year’s intended acreage

would still be 13 percent

below two years ago.

The biggest increase is

expected in North Dakota,

where growers intend to

plant 660,000 acres, a 61

percent increase from last

year’s 410,000 acres. Minnesota

farmers intend to

plant 21 percent more dry

beans this year, 170,000

acres versus 140,000 last


Other intended increases:

Nebraska + 41 percent;

Colorado + 5 percent;

Michigan + 29 percent;

Washington + 43 percent;

Idaho + 37 percent; Wyoming

+ 9 percent.

mingle 3 or 4 fields into

the same bin, or storage,

we’re further requiring

them to split that lot down

to a 2,000 bushel sub-lot,

and we’ll test from there,”

says Bertsch.

He says that should

help, at least on the final

certification side, to

insure that any latent

Dry Edible Bean Area Planted - States and United States: 2010-

2012 [Excludes beans grown for garden seed]

Area planted

State 2010 2011 2012 1

anthracnose is caught.

Bertsch has not seen a big

problem in the field yet,

although his department

has seen it in seed fields.

“And of course those are

immediately rejected and

go into commercial channels.

But, you can’t see

everything in a field. The

next step in the process is

1,000 acres

Percent of

previous year


Arizona 13.0 8.5 7.0 82

California 63.5 45.5 51.0 112

Colorado 70.0 38.0 40.0 105

Idaho 135.0 95.0 130.0 137

Kansas 9.5 6.5 5.0 77

Michigan 236.0 170.0 220.0 129

Minnesota 185.0 140.0 170.0 121

Montana 18.8 15.0 23.0 153

Nebraska 170.0 110.0 155.0 141

New Mexico 13.8 12.5 10.5 84

New York 15.0 12.0 11.0 92

North Dakota 800.0 410.0 660.0 161

Oregon 7.1 6.4 6.0 94

South Dakota 12.5 10.2 15.0 147

Texas 21.0 9.0 12.0 133

Washington 86.0 77.0 110.0 143

Wisconsin 6.2 5.3 6.4 121

Wyoming 49.0 35.0 38.0 109

United States 1,911.4 1,205.9 1,669.9 138

1Intended plantings in 2012 as indicated by reports from farmers.

USDA will issue its Planted Acreage report on June 29th.

to try to test to see if anything has

been missed.”

Bertsch does not think they’ve

found any anthracnose in a certified

seed lot, in other words, a field the

State Seed Department has gone

out and inspected in the field, twice,

during the season. “But we see it all

the time in bin-run seed, and that’s

really part of the problem,” says

Bertsch. “We’re pounding the drum

all the time, that part of the problem

in North Dakota is that bin-run

seed contributes to the spread of


Anthracnose can be spread by

mechanical means. It overwinters

on the trash in the field, it can be

picked up by an implement, deer or

any wildlife. Bertsch says the more

inoculum that’s out there, that is being

expanded because of the use of

bin-run seed, the higher likelihood

that that can get transferred into a

seed field.

“Part of the problem that we’ve

got, and it happens everywhere,”

says Bertsch, “we’ve got commercial

and seed fields growing side-byside

in some cases, but certainly in

the same general area.”

One thing the Seed Department

tries to do is really encourage growers

to, if they’re going to use a binrun

seed source off their own farm

that was grown the previous year,

to make sure and test it thoroughly.

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“In other words, sample the heck

out of that lot and get more than

one test if it’s a large seed lot, to

make sure they don’t have anthracnose

in their bin-run seed.

Anthracnose will be costly. Former

North Dakota State University

Extension plant pathologist Dr. Art

Lamey referred to it as the “Aids

of the dry bean industry.” Bertsch

says anthracnose is a devastating

disease. “It will wipe out a field if it’s

too widespread.”

Bertsch really encourages people

to start being smart about their seed

sources because he thinks that’s the

only way this disease will be minimized

or eliminated. It’s hard to say

if growers are getting the message.

According to Bertsch, “Often times

the message doesn’t really doesn’t

kick in until you see a yield loss, or

a financial loss. I think if guys were

to see pictorial evidence of what

happens in a field with anthracnose

they’d really pay attention.”

Bertsch says there aren’t that

many solutions. Minimizing the

spread of anthracnose is best accomplished

by planting clean seed.

Beyond that, you can pray for a drier

summer, bury trash, practice isolation

between fields, increase the

length of crop rotations, but those

are minimally effective. According

to Bertsch, “finding a solution probably

takes all of the above to really

make a dent.”

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Northarvest Director Visits

Colombia, Dominican Republic

Northarvest Bean Growers

Association director

Todd Sorenson, from

Fisher, Minnesota was part

of a US Dry Bean Council

trade mission to Colombia

and the Dominican Republic

this spring. With the

announcement that the

US-Colombia Free Trade

Agreement will be implemented

this year, the timing

of the trip was critical.

According to Randy

Duckworth, Regional Representative

for the US Dry

Bean Council, Colombia

will offer opportunities

for US exporters of small


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red beans, dark red kidney

beans, and cranberry

beans, once the agreement

goes into affect. There may

also be lesser opportunities

for exporters of US

black and navy beans.

Prices for domesticallyproduced

beans are very

high and US prices are

likely to be very competitive

in a zero-duty scenario.

Duckworth says Colombia

will reportedly set up a

quota system that mirrors

that of the Dominican Republic.

Just like in the DR,

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“Unfortunately,” says

Duckworth, “the similarities

with the DR do not

stop there. If the Canadian

free trade agreement is illustrative

of how we can

expect the agreement to

be implemented, it’s going

to be a slow process.”

Duckworth says Canada’s

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metric tons of dry beans

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have been the leaders

in dry bean exports to

Colombia. Argentina, the

US and Canada have also

exported lesser amounts.

Duckworth’s conclusion

is that the best opportunities

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Colombia are with small

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In grocery store visits

and meetings with buyers,

they found that Colombian

consumers are willing

to pay a premium for the

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Under the US-Colombia

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There is some question

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US importers. A recent

report from dry bean trade

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US imports of dry beans

from Peru reached a record

9,578 tons in 2011, almost

four times the level of the

previous year.

Bolivia has also become a

larger edible bean exporter

recently, including significant

shipments to Haiti. US

imports of Bolivian beans

reached 8,287 tons in 2011,

up from 5,305 tons in 2010,

and only 1,707 tons in 2009.

New Zealand delivered

654 tons of dry beans to the

US last year, compared with

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Honduras was another

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El Salvador and Belize are

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China has been a major

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recent years, and deliveries

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in recent years with larger

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High Prices Stall Exports of Pinto

Beans to the Dominican Republic

Current dry bean prices

have importers in the

Dominican Republic reinventing

their purchasing

strategies. In early April,

Fradbelin Escarraman,

the Northarvest Bean

Growers Association’s

representative for the

D-R, met with five major

importers to gather information

about future purchases

of dry beans from

the US and other origins.

Importers indicated

they are going to stop,

for the moment, imports

of pinto beans from the

US, because prices are

extremely high. Importers

have decided to purchase

local beans and will only

import when local supplies

run out or prices of

pinto beans go down.

Prices of local beans are

less expensive than US

beans, and the locallygrown

cranberry beans

have an excellent quality

and a better price than

cranberries from the US.

Importers told Escarraman

that imports of US

pinto beans will probably

decline 50 percent this


Farmers in the San Juan

de la Maguana Valley

harvested about 16,000

metric tons of dry edible

beans. The carryover

inventory from the 2011

D-R crop was estimated

at 25,000 cwt. Importers

also have inventories

of around 20,000 cwt of

pinto beans, which were

imported last year.

The US is also losing

its market share of black

beans to China, due to the

fact that China has better

prices and good quality.

When Escarraman met

with the D-R importers,

black beans from China

were being quoted at $37

CIF, while black beans

from the US were $20 CIF

higher. Nonetheless, importers

understand that

Mexico’s decision to allow

imports of Chinese black

beans will create pressure

on the price, which will

eventually go up.

Escarraman also reports

the exchange program of

black beans for fuel, created

as part of an agreement

between the governments

of the D-R and

Venezuela failed. In two

years, the D-R could only

deliver half of the 10,000

metric tons of black beans

requested, due to failure

in planning.

For this new crop, the

number of black bean

producers was reduced

from more than 100 to less

than 40. Estimated production

will not reach 15

percent of previous years,

Fradbelin Esarraman represents

Northarvest in the DR.

Escarraman estimates US pinto

bean exports to the DR will

decline by 50 percent this year.

none for export. This may

cause problems with several

international agencies,

such as FAO, IICA,

and GTZ, which always

buy, through tenders,

15,000 to 20,000 metric

tons of black beans for the

collaborative projects, primarily

carried out in Haiti.

The 2012 D-R/CAFTA

quota of 11,920 metric

tons of dry beans were allocated

to 503 companies,

but only seven or eight

are known traders. Even

though the allocating was

done, the permits have

not been delivered to the

owners in an effort to protect

local producers.

After eight years of research,

the Dominican

Republic managed to

develop two new variet-

ies of pigeon peas and red

beans with high nutritional

value and performance

in production, between

15 and 20 percent higher

than other varieties.

Both varieties will be

available for commercial

purchases this year, according

to agronomist

Fabio Frias, head of the

Unit for Technical Cooperation

and Exchange of

the Dominican Institute of

Agriculture and Forestry

Research (IDIAF).

The research was conducted

by IDIAF and supported

by the University

of Nebraska. The new red

bean is called Yucomin

and produces almost a

hundred pounds more

than previously cultivated

varieties. It also

has a higher nutritional

value and is more resistant

to pests. The new

variety of pigeon peas is

called Christmas and will

have a high performance

throughout the year, especially

in December when

yields of other varieties

are significantly reduced.

Furthermore, the pigeon

pea is larger and has a

higher nutritional value.

The development of these

varieties lasted eight

years, including testing,

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Milan, Minnesota

Crops raised? I raise corn,

soybeans and navy beans.

Why are dry beans part of

your crop mix? On the average,

they have been the best

revenue and I like the fact that

they are not a program crop.

How did spring planting go

this year? Great. It was not

too wet for a change.

What’s the best part of farming?

Why did you get into

this business? I appreciate

the sense of accomplishment

when you have successfully

raised a crop from planting

to harvest. The independence

that being self employed

brings is also good.

Favorite thing to do on the

farm? Planting; it is the time

of the season when hopes are

highest for a good crop.

What’s the one piece of

farm equipment that you

wouldn’t want to be without?

Auto steer made long

days a lot easier.

Hobbies? What do you do

for fun? Golfing poorly and

traveling in the winter.

Any summer get-away

or vacation plans on the

schedule? I hope to make it to

the lake more often than last

year, but I always hope that.

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Deer Creek,


Crops raised? Corn, soybeans,

alfalfa and dry beans

Classes of dry beans raised?

Dark red kidneys

Why are dry beans part of

your crop mix? They are an excellent

rotational crop and have

been profitable most years.

How did spring planting go

this year? Corn and soybean

planting really went well. Rain

delayed the kidney planting.

What’s the best part of farming?

Why did you get into this

business? Watching the crops

mature. I was born and raised

on a farm in southern Minnesota.

I left the farm for a number

of years and returned in

1978 because I missed the farm


Favorite thing to do on the

farm? Fall harvest.

What’s the one piece of farm

equipment that you wouldn’t

want to be without? Irrigation

Hobbies? What do you do for

fun? Motorcycling and enjoying

the grandkids.

Any summer get-away or vacation

plans on the schedule?

There are a number of us going

to Branson and northern Arkansas

on a motorcycle trip.


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North Dakota State University

How long have you been at NDSU? Going on

23 years.

Where is your hometown? I’ve had several with

a corporate family farm operation and farms in

Utah, Idaho, Montana, and an 18,000 acre farm

in the Peace River region of British Columbia,


What are the best parts of your job? Learning

from very intelligent and innovative growers

in the region. Telephone calls, emails, and comments

at winter education meetings give insight

to relevant problems facing growers and many

give fascinating solutions to the problems.

What’s the biggest weed control issue facing

dry bean growers? Glyphosate resistant waterhemp

and kochia has been documented in

ND and MN. If it continues to spread the result

could have very a profound impact on northern

plains agriculture.

Hobbies? Grow the most succulent tomatoes

(I am addicted), regular service to church, running

and weight training, cooking for my wife

and trying to get her to fall in love with me again.

What do you do for fun? Try to keep up to my

wife in golf and marksmanship in pistol and rifle


Any summer get-away or vacation plans on

the schedule? Triple Challenge – golf “The

Links” near Williston, “Bully Pulpit” near Medora,

and then “Hawktree” north of Bismarck.

What’s on your bucket list? What’s the one

thing you want to accomplish yet? I hope to

publish an edition of the North Dakota Weed

Control Guide free of any errors before I retire.

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• 1 – 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

• 1 yellow onion, large, halved, minced

• 1 cup refrigerated or frozen hash

browns, shredded

• 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed

• ½ cup red bell pepper, diced

• 3 tablespoons parsley, dried



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• ¼ teaspoon oregano, dried

• pinch black pepper, ground

• 10 eggs beaten or 2 cups liquid

• ¾ cup mozzarella/cheddar cheese,


• 6 - 8 tablespoons bread crumbs

• ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 350º F.

1. For the potato bean mixture: Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onion,

cook 3 – 4 minutes until soft and just starting to color; add hash browns, cook, stirring

occasionally, until lightly browned and soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add black

beans and red pepper, combine.

2. For the egg mixture: While the potatoes are cooking: In a quart liquid measure, whisk together

parsley, oregano, black pepper, eggs and ¾ cup shredded cheese. Set aside. Spray muffin

tin cups with cooking spray, coat each with bread crumbs, especially on the bottom where the

cheese can stick. Add 2 teaspoons grated cheese to each cup.

3. For the muffin tins: Spoon 2 tablespoons of bean mixture into each muffin cup. Stir egg mixture

again, pour into each muffin cup 2/3 of the way up the sides. Place muffin tin in preheated

oven, cook for 10 minutes, turn oven off, leave in closed oven 10 more minutes until center

is set, slightly raised, no longer shiny. Run a rubber spatula around the edge of each cup and

remove. Serve hot.

4. Substitutions: 1 cup fresh or leftover grated potato for frozen hash browns, ½ cup finely

chopped fresh parsley for dried, 1 whole, diced red bell pepper.

This recipe made more than 12 large muffin cups. I would recommend preparing 18 – 24 cups

depending on the cup size or grease and crumb a 9 x 13 cake pan as directed for the muffin tin,

put all the cheese in the egg mixture. Spread cooked vegetable mixture in cake pan, pour egg

mixture over the top, bake @ 350ºF 20 - 30 minutes, cut into 12 pieces.

The traditional way to make a fritatta is to prepare the cooked vegetables in your largest frying

pan, make egg mixture while the veggies cook, pour egg mixture over the top and slip frying

pan into 350º F oven. Bake 10 – 20 minutes. Great way to use up leftover vegetables and prepare

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